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Lake Shore School Board adopts $55.6 million budget

The Lake Shore School Board on Tuesday evening adopted a proposed $55.6 million budget for the 2015-16 school year.

The plan, which will go before voters May 19, would increase the tax levy by 2.94 percent, said Daniel W. Pacos, assistant superintendent of administration and finance.

The proposed budget has an increase of about $1.4 million, with 88 percent of that aimed at the instructional portion of the plan. “That made me feel good,” Pacos said.

According to Pacos, “there are a few changes” to the budget that were made since the last time the board met, he said, but they were minor. One of the changes includes an increase of $50,000 in the budget line for parts and supplies. The district is waiting to find out about a possible agreement with North Collins to have that district handle maintenance of Lake Shore’s vehicles.

The budget line for transportation had an increase of $289. “Transportation is basically flat,” Pacos said.

Meanwhile, Superintendent James E. Przepasniak said that Monday was an exciting day for students at A.J. Schmidt Elementary School.

“A.J. Schmidt hosted an NFL Play 60 Assembly,” Przepasniak said, and Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson addressed students.

Jackson discussed the program, which is aimed at trying to get children to be active for at least 60 minutes a day, along with practicing good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to reduce the chances of obesity.

Jackson “did pass out signed autographs,” the superintendent said, adding that he made sure all students and staff members received one.

Przepasniak praised physical-education teacher Sean Kunkel for organizing the assembly at the school.